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Did Someone Say Snake? Alabama Woman Sends Series of Unusual Letters to the Editor

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Did Someone Say Snake? Alabama Woman Sends Series of Unusual Letters to the Editor

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NEWSPAPERS OF ALL circulation sizes receive complaints on a regular basis. But who could predict one Alabama woman would take the time to write a complaint every single time her local paper, the Times-Daily, ran a story about snakes?

"Well, you've done it again," the woman wrote in an email to executive editor Scott Morris. "A snake on the front page. I dropped my paper when I saw it! Gave me shivers! I am traumatized!" The email continued on, asking Morris to give special consideration to his snake-hating readers.

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She said she cautiously read the contents, but only after she put the newspaper through the shredder did she feel better. Her request? "Can't you do some nice puppy stories on the front page instead of glorifying the lowest of creatures?"

Morris and his staff had a chuckle, but after all, they live in the South--snakes make the news more often than puppies. They couldn't forget about snakes if they tried. In another email, the same woman reminded the editors of her snake phobia.

"Well, there it was again. At least it was page two instead of page one! It was big enough. Yikes, now I can't (and won't ever) go near Cypress Creek. …

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